Well Prepared for High School – Thanks FSH
By Alejandro López
High School is a change. It’s a change people have been warning me about for almost as long as I remember, and really isn’t anything one would think you could prepare for. I’m lucky enough to be one of the kids to have gone into my freshman year of high school being able to say I was prepared. Now in my second year of high school, I can say without a doubt that Friends School Haverford prepared me beyond what I could have expected.
The teachers at Friends School Haverford were some of the most inspirational and helpful people throughout my middle school experience. From history, to science, to music, every teacher I had clearly cared about bettering my classmates and me as people and students. Not a class period went by where I felt I hadn’t learned something important – be it the quadratic formula application, easiest way to put resonators on a three octave marimba, or Newton’s law of inertia. Each and every teacher I had the privilege of learning under showed me something new about my world, myself, and my approach to learning.
The “hands on minds on” way of teaching that the school at large has adopted has been a crucial part of any academic success I can claim. Going through the individualized education and caring social environment that Friends School Haverford provided me with has, beyond any doubt, prepared me better for high school then I ever could have imagined. I learned to work independently and in cooperation with others.
From the staff and the students to the curriculum and campus, everything has been able to culminate in the wonderful school I am proud to have attended. The time students spend at Friends Haverford seems to have an unspoken purpose: to prepare each student for their next step, whatever it may be. I’m more than proud to say any success I may have is the product of that.
-Alejandro López, ‘16